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Tabloid coverage of disability and incapacity benefits

Who else out there is sick of the way papers like the Daily Express and the Mail portray people on incapacity benefits as scroungers and fakers who are "whining" about things like mental illness?

Why do we never see headlines about stories like the welfare expert who says that in fact hundreds of benefit claimants are unjustly imprisoned every year?

The British taxpayer spends far more on corporate welfare than it does on benefits to individuals, not to mention the huge sums business fraud costs us. Yet the politicians and media prefer to attack the people who are already the most disadvantaged and the least able, those who rely on things like incapacity benefit and ESA to survive.

I've been on benefits for depression. I have friends who are on incapacity because they're schizophrenic, but even they get constant harassment from people telling them they should go get a job. People seem to have no idea that if you're suffering from depression or other mental health problems you already have low enough self esteem as it is, without constantly being told you're a pathetic scrounger because you can't cope with life enough to work for a living. I'm sick of it, and particularly of the pontificating from overpaid tabloid columnists who can't think of any more pressing problems in the world than the fact that some people live "lives of luxury" on £70 a week.
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